It what is being described as a “socially driven” art project, artist Kondimipoulos and team will be planting and painting 40 Jacquemontii Birch trees along the south side of the Burke-Gilman trail near NE Bothell Way and 80th Ave NE. The tree planting will occur Monday, April 9th and Tuesday April 10th.
Here is the explanation for the project from 4 culture, a King County Arts organization:
Why Blue Trees?
Every year the planet loses some 32 million acres of old growth forests, trees which by transforming
carbon dioxide into oxygen, literally help sustain life. Deforestation contributes to climate change. Trees
breathe for the planet and without them, appropriate conditions for human, animal and plant life may
not be sustained.
“Through my work I am striving to address global issues and provide a visual platform to
effect change. So many universal concerns seem larger than an individual’s power of influence
and I want to evoke in people the idea that we can all contribute to change in a positive way.”
‐ Konstantin Dimopoulos
Color is a powerful stimulant, a means of altering perception and defining space and time. Blue is a color
that is not naturally identified with trees and suggests that something unusual, something out of the
ordinary is happening. In nature, color is used both as a means of protection and as a mechanism to
attract. The Blue Trees is an attempt to elicit a similar response from viewers and inspire conversation
and action around deforestation issues.
The project is supported in part by Courtyard Marriott Hotel, Curator PR, King County Wastewater
Treatment Division, and a generous private donation.
The Blue Trees is ultimately a world-wide effort. This installation extends and reinterprets the
original project launched in April 2011 at the Vancouver Biennale.